Mark Engel is known for his colorful and highly expressive paintings. His work centers around the human figure and varies between psychological portraiture and full-figure environments that express profound aspects of the human experience. His interest in the human motif is rooted in early personal mystical experiences that had a dynamic impact on his perception of life and understanding of self and sparked his research into human transformation through ideas related to analytical psychology, Taoism, alchemy, and mysticism.


My paintings are an exploration of the emotional and psychological landscape of the human experience and a celebration of the transformative power of the human spirit - a testament to the resilience and beauty of the self as it evolves and adapts to the world around it. The figure is a powerful symbol of our shared humanity and a vehicle for exploring the ways in which we grow, change, and evolve over time. I am fascinated by the interplay between the conscious and unconscious mind and how our thoughts, emotions, and experiences shape our perception of reality.


Mark grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received his MFA from San Jose State University. His work has been shown in numerous museums and galleries across the US and is in many public and private collections.